1 - Lose another 45lbs.
I lost like 5 more pounds and then I got pregnant and that ended that.
2 - Run an 8 minute mile.
Lol - oh my gosh! That is so funny!
3 - Memorize the morning offering and pray it each and every day.
This I did do. I am not always consistent in praying it but it is memorized and I have done it a good 70% of the time since my July birthday.
4 - Read more to my kids.
Yes and no. I had hoped to have a time for reading built into our days but with pregnancy came exhaustion and more naps. However, I have been intentional in not saying "no" when the kids ask me to read to them.
5 - Read more for myself.
This I have done. So yay.
6 - Spend one-on-one time with each of my kids every day, even if it's just 5 minutes.
Nope. Each kid gets one-on-one day one day a week, at least that's more what it feels like. Again, the pregnancy is to blame.
7 - Get down and play on the floor more.
There's been a slight improvement here. When Ben asks me to build him a train track I say 'yes' about 95% of the time, verses 50% before. I also sit and color with L more and stack and build and tickle with JF and Resa. But it's definitely not what I would like it to be.
8 - Mop more often.
Nope. I don't even own a mop.
9 - Go to Adoration.
Yes. Many thanks to the young adult group at a local parish who offers monthly adoration with free babysitting and a potluck following.
10 - Find out the "love language" of the people I care most about and make sure I use it.
Wasn't that a good thought?
11 - Go for more walks.
I was really good about this in the Fall and with the return on good weather and healthy kids I hope to make this a normal part of the day.
12 - Arrange to spend time with my Mom without the kids.
ummmm.... things came up.
13 - Clean out my closet.
Did this. Need to do it again.
14 - Own less stuff.
15 - Stop worrying about how people perceive me online.
For the most part, yes, thanks be to God.
16 - Go to a concert.
Not yet. Did I?
17 - Share JF's story with more people.
Yes. Fortunately I've had many opportunities to speak to groups of people and to contribute to other websites, sharing the events of JF's birth and the canonization process for Fulton Sheen.
We have done this. Yay!
19 - Look into parochial school for L's kindergarten.
Looked into it... still don't know what we're going to do.
20 - Homeschool pre-school for L doing school three times a week.
I have really failed on this one. I was doing so well for so long but have completely petered out. Fortunately I know that L is already ready for kindergarten but she loves learning and I wish I had more energy to do it.
I need to recommit to this one.
21 - Find more ways to honor Travis.
Yes. I did do this.
22 - Write JF's story.
Working on this - it takes a lot of effort to collect all the information and relive all those events. I want one complete narrative of what happened with JF instead of just the random blog posts I have now. I confess, most times I work on it I sit and cry for at least a little bit.
23 - Eat at McDonalds less.
I think we might be eating at McDonald's more. We really, really, really need to kick this habit.
24 - Spend more time with my grandparents.
Yes and no.
25 - Write more letters to my friends in convents.
Yes. I have done this but I still have a lot of room for improvement.
26 - Try new recipes.
Yes. And it's so fun.
27 - Cook with fresh produce.
I do this best when our garden is producing. During the winter months I usually use frozen veggies and buy fresh fruit.
28 - Buy a quarter of a cow from a local farmer. (Anyone wanna go in on this with us?)
We did this one and it has made a huge difference for us. We actually got half a cow and we love it. We've never had money for things like roasts and steaks but now we have a bunch in the freezer. It's wonderful.
29 - Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet more and teach it to my kids.
This one would be a complete failure.
30 - Drink more water every day.
Some days I do well, some days I don't. Usually I don't.
31 - Enjoy having a baby.
This I definitely succeeded in. I have loved having Resa, which is easy with such an easy, sweet baby. When I became pregnant again I was afraid my milk supply would dry up immediately like it did with the other kids but God was good and I am still nursing her at night. Also, I exclusively nursed her for a long time so that she went from breast to table foods like crackers and cooked veggies. Being her sole source of food for so long forced me to sit and enjoy her. Also, I think my other kids have helped me delight in her. L, B, and J adore their sister and she has so much fun with them. Watching them all play together has been a huge blessing.
I admit that I threw a lot of these goals out the window when I learned I was pregnant because I knew I knew I could focus on little more than the bare essentials (feeding and clothing and monitoring the kids and some housework). I also gave myself a new goal with the positive pregnancy test of allowing myself to nap as often as needed. Sometimes the dishes pile up for a couple of days and I definitely don't dust and vacuum as often as I should but napping is good for my growing baby and it improves my mood - which is good for everyone!